During Prohibition, FEMA supported federal legislation allowing the sale of flavors and extracts that were "unfit for beverage use," and helped the federal government establish the "drawback" mechanism.
The Flavor Ingredient Library provides information on ingredients that have been determined to be generally recognized as safe under conditions of intended use as flavor ingredients by the FEMA Expert Panel. The identity of all FEMA GRAS flavor ingredients and the safety information supporting FEMA GRAS status have been submitted by FEMA to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Library also provides the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) safety evaluation (as applicable).
For more information about FEMA GRAS™, see “About the FEMA GRAS™ Program.” For more information about the FEMA Flavor Ingredient Library, please visit our FAQs.